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SunEdison secures CA$115 million for Ontario PV projects

Apr 23, 2014

Utility solar developer, SunEdison, has reached financial close for two solar power plants in Ontario, Canada.

German super-ministry may be ‘willing to compromise’ on PV self-consumption surcharge

Apr 23, 2014

Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said he may be willing to compromise on the amount of a proposed surcharge on residential self-consumption of solar electricity.

Google teams with SunPower on US$250 million solar home programme

Apr 23, 2014

Internet giant Google and PV energy provider SunPower are to jointly finance a new US$250 million residential solar lease programme in the US.

Sunways PV inverter business attracts interested buyers

Apr 23, 2014

Insolvent Sunways, majority owned by bankrupt LDK Solar, has received interest from several prospective buyers of its PV inverter business, according to the company’s preliminary insolvency administrator.

ROTH Capital adds analyst on increased investor interest in clean tech sector

Apr 23, 2014

Investment bank, ROTH Capital Partners, has recruited Min Xu as a senior research analyst covering the clean technology sector, which expands its analyst team to three, headed by Philip Shen.

India and Gulf states reach solar support deal

Apr 23, 2014

Solar associations in the Gulf and India have struck a deal that will see the two regions offer mutual support to their PV industries through the sharing of expertise and resources.

Aleo solar 2013 report shows revenues fell by over 50%

Apr 23, 2014

Aleo solar has reported negative operational earnings of almost 74% in its full-year report for 2013 while revenues have fallen by over 55%, as the company prepares to enter liquidation.

OCI’s polysilicon shipments reach new quarterly record

Apr 23, 2014

Korean-based materials and PV project developer, OCI has reported a new quarterly record in polysilicon shipments and higher average selling prices (ASPS), reflecting the continued strong demand in the PV industry in the first quarter of 2014.

Japan’s largest PV plant powers up

Apr 23, 2014

Commercial operations have begun on Japan’s largest utility-scale PV plant to date.

RWE enters UK market with 37MW solar farm acquisition

Apr 23, 2014

RWE Supply & Trading, the energy trading arm of the German utility, has acquired its first solar farm project in the UK, a 37MW development on a disused airfield in Oxfordshire, England.

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German PV producer AVANCIS sells solar business to Chinese building materials group CNBM

Apr 23, 2014

AVANCIS GmbH (Torgau, Germany), manufacturer of CIS solar photovoltaic modules, on April 22nd, 2014 announced that it is carving-out its business activity to sell it to the Chinese building materials and glass manufacturer CNBM (China National Building Materials Group Corporation, Beijing, China). The new owner plans to restart PV production in Torgau under the same company name "AVANCIS GmbH". The transaction will close following the registration of the new company at the commercial court and the granting of the necessary approvals, AVANCIS reports in a press release.

UK installs 1.1 GW of solar PV in Q1 2014, dominated by utility-scale projects

Apr 23, 2014

Driven by a boom in utility-scale PV, the UK installed 1.085 GW of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first three months of 2014, according to NPD Solarbuzz Inc. (Santa Clara, California, U.S.). This brings the nation to 4.46 GW of cumulative installed PV. The company expects this booming market to continue, citing policy stability and the success of the Renewables Obligation Credit (ROC) program.

Deployment of distributed solar PV to grow secondary power electronics market 134% annually

Apr 23, 2014

GTM Research Inc. (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) has issued a new report predicting that the market for secondary power electronics equipment for solar photovoltaic (PV) integration will grow by 134% annually over the next three years to reach USD 320 million in 2017. This will be driven by the expansion of PV and its effects on the distribution grid. GTM's “Advanced Grid Power Electronics for High Penetration PV Integration 2014” notes that secondary power electronics also allow grid operators to improve distribution grid efficiency through conservation voltage reduction, enhanced control over power quality and improved situational awareness.

Canadian Solar to supply 43 MW of solar PV modules to utility-scale project in Japan

Apr 23, 2014

Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Canada) has announced that it will supply 43 MW of its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a utility-scale PV plant in Japan. The company plans to deliver roughly 168,000 of its 60-cell, 255-watt CS6P255P PV modules for the project from May 2014 through February 2015. “We are proud to announce this large module supply agreement to provide our high efficiency modules to the second largest solar power plant in Japan, which is another significant milestone for Canadian Solar in this important market,” commented Canadian Solar Chairman, President and CEO Dr. Shawn Qu.

Kyocera to invest in 9.4 MW of solar PV projects in New York State

Apr 23, 2014

Kyocera Corp.'s (Kyoto, Japan) U.S. subsidiary has announced plans to invest in a tax equity partnership to develop USD 38 million worth of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the U.S. state of New York. This investment will leverage the 30% federal energy investment tax credit. Developer U.S. Light Energy (USLE, Latham, New York, U.S.) will use Kyocera PV modules to build 9.4 MW of PV projects, which it expects to complete in June 2014. USLE and Kyocera are providing the electricity from these PV plants to businesses and schools through power purchase agreements (PPAs), with no up-front cost.

SunEdison puts online 20 MW-AC solar PV plant in California, which is acquired by Southern Company and Ted Turner

Apr 23, 2014

SunEdison (St. Peters, Missouri, U.S.) has commissioned a 20 MW-AC solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Kern County, California, and has sold this plant to Southern Company (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.) and Turner Renewable Energy (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.). SunEdison built the Adobe Solar Facility, and will operate and maintain it as well, including asset management through the company's Renewable Operations Center. This is the second PV plant which Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy have bought in California.

FLS issues RFP for 100 MW-AC of solar PV projects in the Carolinas

Apr 22, 2014

FLS Energy (Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for roughly 100 MW-AC of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants which it plans to acquire over the next 12 months. The company seeks 2 MW-AC and larger projects in the service areas of utilities Duke Energy (Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.) or Dominion North Carolina Power (Richmond, Virginia, U.S.). FLS is only looking for pre-developed, shovel-ready projects.

Fraunhofer ISE team chosen as one of three finalists for laser innovation award

Apr 22, 2014

Fraunhofer ISE's (Freiburg, Germany) work on laser fired contact (LFC) technology for the production of highly efficient solar photovoltaic (PV) cells has earned it a placement as one of three finalists for the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2014. The award is conferred on researchers whose skills and work have led to “outstanding” innovation in the field of laser technology. Dr. Ralf Preu of Fraunhofer ISE leads the team which made the finals, which also includes Dr. Jan Nekarda and Martin Graf, both also from Fraunhofer ISE.

Yingli to supply solar PV cells to “made in France” modules for projects under national solicitation

Apr 22, 2014

Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (Baoding, China) has entered into an agreement to supply multicrystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) cells to an un-named French PV module manufacturer, which will produce modules which comply with French government solicitation requirements. Yingli says that the co-branded PV modules will be used in 17 PV projects which represent 185 MW out of the 380 MW of capacity awarded in recent French national solicitations. The projects are expected to be completed in the next 24 months.

Italian solar PV meets 8.0% of demand in March 2014

Apr 22, 2014

Italian solar photovoltaic (PV) plants produced 2.10 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in March 2014, according to figures by grid operator Terna (Rome). This was a 37% increase from a year prior and enough to meet 8.0% of the nation's electricity demand during the month. Italy has the highest portion of power demand met with PV of any mid-sized to large nation on earth. In 2013 the nation met around 7.0% of its demand with PV throughout the year, but it is likely that this will increase in 2014 despite a slowdown in the nation's PV market following the close of its feed-in tariff.